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The Punishable Perils of Plagiarism
For the purposes of this video, plagiarism is a criminal offense pursued by the Department of Plagiarism Investigation. Each type of plagiarism is given a catchy name, a creative description, and is demonstrated with a cartoon animation. Although the D.P.I. isn't actually real, the narrator encourages viewers to uphold the ideals of this imaginary department. Extend the lesson with the provided additional materials.
APA and MLA Formats: Their Main Differences
What is the difference between MLA and APA format? This presentation is geared towards a college audience, but it could definitely be useful with an eleventh and twelfth grade audience in high school. Differences are highlighted, but not many actual examples are given. Show this slide with some examples to really drive the point home!
APA Format and Citation
What is APA format, and how is it different from MLA format? Dive into the world of APA, investigate how to properly cite resources in-text, and look at a reference list of sources. Intended for higher education, not all of the information is pertinent for middle and high schoolers to learn at this juncture. However, you can cut out certain slides to keep it relevant for your classroom.
It's often confusing which word should be used to complete a sentence. Although this worksheet's title insinuates that idioms will be discussed, the practice section is just about using words like to, who, with, as, and that correctly. Pupils identify the correct wording for 19 sentences shown.
APA Formatting and Style Guide
Display not only the correct style for APA writing, but also the format that a paper would be written in. Plenty of examples are given in this thorough presentation. Makes for a great reference and model.
The Study of Jon Stewart’s Comedy on America
What do your pupils think of the state of news casting in the United States? Find out with the materials and plan provided here. The resource includes a journal prompt, several reading selections, an essay prompt, a model essay, a rubric, and a self-assessment. Using Jon Stewart's popularity as a jumping-off point, class members discuss news media and read articles about Jon Stewart. The essay prompt is included; however, you might need to set aside more class time for planning and drafting. The wealth of materials is the strong point of this resource.
Writing and Research Using Counterclaims
Introduce your high school scholars as to how to use counterclaims in argument writing. Learners explore this skill with collaborative efforts and technology. Together they explore the pros and cons of homework and develop a thesis for their point of view using the ideas developed in class. The next phase has them in the computer lab researching sources for their argument with a recommendation to have the instructor show how to include parenthetical citations, graphs and statistics into their writing. The lesson can be modified for any topic including literary analysis.
Skill 25: Use Commercial Databases
After a class discussion that focuses on what a commercial database is, pupils access a website in order to find the answers to questions on a worksheet embedded in the plan. The answers to the questions are not easy to find, and will challenge even your most talented pupils. Finally, each learner completes a self-evaluation form where they grade themselves on their research skills when using the Internet. A fine and innovative lesson!
Media Literacy: Communication
Sixth graders design travel brochures using technology to persuade people to visit their location. In this travel brochure lesson, 6th graders must communicate what is attractive about a place that would convince you to visit. Students present their projects.
Why are citations necessary in research writing? Help your class perfect their citation skills with this presentation. It introduces citations, different formats (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.), and gives examples of improperly cited passages. Consider providing your class with a note-taking guide to follow along with the presentation and keep the material easily accessible.
Tsunami Mapping Taskforce
High schoolers explore the different technology used in mapping tsunami using an interactive website. In this earth science lesson plan, students compare the pros and cons of each method used. They create their own tsunami inundation maps.
Students interview people in their community regarding natural hazards in their area. In this disaster preparedness lesson, students assess the risks of each natural hazards. They research about it and present a summary of their findings.
Cite Your Sites!
The New York Times article “Lessons in Internet Plagiarism,” launches a look at how the Internet has increased the prevalence of plagiarism. The richly detailed instructional activity includes warm-up and wrap-up activities, discussion questions, research links, possible projects, as well as evaluation and extension activities. A good cautionary instructional activity before class members start their own research projects.
Tsunami Safety Brochure
Learners investigate world geography by creating a written document. In this tsunami safety lesson, students identify the potential impacts earthquakes and tsunamis can have on cities and towns around the world. Learners locate specific areas in Alaska where tsunamis are more likely to hit and create a safety brochure which instructs people how to avoid problems if one strikes.
Terrific Traveling Tour
Fifth graders discover the career of a museum curator as they assemble mock museum displays and gather information on famous works of art. The lesson is very complete and includes lesson extensions, resource links, and curricular connections.
Language Arts: Putting Together a Position Paper
Students are able to identify the target audience for their writing. They are able to create an appropriate format for their papers. Students are able to focus on the developing clear arguments and supporting all key points with facts.
Eleventh graders determine the causes and effects of persecution. They read The Crucible by Arthur Miller. They analyze the historical significance of persecution. They use technology to research types of persecution.
For many emerging writers, essays are completed step-by-step. With the help of this lesson, learners will narrow down a topic, develop a thesis statement, develop a preliminary outline, conduct Internet research, and understand the process one goes through before writing an essay. Breaking the assignment into manageable chunks will really help your writers stay organized and focused!
Using Citations in a Research Paper
As a prequel to a research assignment, class members explore writing citations in the modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) formats. In pairs, or individually, researchers use books and magazines to create citations on index cards. The cards are then used in a game reinforcing proper citation format.
Young scholars take on the role of members of a concerned citizens group and discuss the transportation of spent-fuel rods from a local nuclear power plant and the safety issues that surround the power plant. Students work in groups to write a research paper and create a PowerPoint presentation addressing the safety issues surrounding the power plant.